Hunab Ku or the Galactic Butterfly

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Hunab Ku

Originally used as the logo for Project Chicchan, before Indigo Expeditions was created in 2015, is the symbol known as the ‘Hunab Ku‘. The Hunab Ku, or Galactic Butterfly, is thought to represent the Galactic Centre. According to some Mayan scholars it was thought by the Mayan to be found in the bulge of the Milky Way. It represents the source from which all life comes.

There is still debate about whether this symbol is in fact Aztec, rather than Mayan, in origin. Also whether the symbol and idea behind it was introduced by the conquistadors as a way of converting the Aztecs from polytheism to monotheism.

Personally, I like the idea that the Hunab Ku represents the source, the Galactic Centre and through that, Unity with ourselves, other beings and ultimately the Source of all Life.


The word Chicchan (pronounced ‘Chik-chan’) is the Mayan word for serpent. In the Mayan Tzolkin (the daily calendar) each day is named through combining a number from 1 to 13 with one of 20 sacred symbols, one of which is Chicchan, the serpent god.

When I first started exploring what became a long-time fascination with ancient Central and Southern America cultures, I came across methods in ‘The Mayan Calendar’ by Carl John Calleman and ‘The Mayan Code’ by Barbara Hand Clow,  of calculating your birthday according to the Mayan Tzolkin.

Following the methods, my birthday is ‘4Chicchan’… how very appropriate!

Published : 28th October 2013

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